Sunday, March 13, 2011

LEGISLATIVE ALERT: Public Meetings on Reapportionment

Budgeting and reapportionment are the two most important jobs that the Legislature has this session. The results of the 2010 census have given Nevada a fourth Congressional seat, and the three current districts will need to be redrawn into four to allow for that.
Also, the current state Senate and Assembly districts don’t fairly represent the population. After the 2010 election, NPRI wrote an article detailing how in the 2010 Elections, 51% of votes cast were for Republicans while only 45% of votes cast were for Democrats. However, because of inappropriate district boundaries, 45% of the vote is enough to give Democrats almost a 2/3 majority. See the detailed story here:
http://npri.org/publications/gop-assembly-candidates-won-popularvote-victory

Redrawing districts usually happens behind closed doors, with little input from the minority party and the public. This time, however, the public will have a chance to tell legislators that we want the lines drawn more fairly.

The Nevada Legislature will be holding three public meetings on reapportionment as follows:
03/24/11 5:00 PM
Churchill County Museum & Archives, 1050 South Maine Street, Fallon, NV 89406

03/31/11 5:00 PM
See Agenda for details
Washoe County Chamber, 1001 E. Ninth Street, Building A, Reno, NV 89512

04/02/11 10:00 AM
See Agenda for details
Room 4100 of the Legislative Building, 401 S. Carson St., Carson City, NV

Room 4401 of the Grant Sawyer State Office Building, 555 E. Washington Ave., Las Vegas, NV


The legislature has set up a special section of their website for the reapportionment process at http://www.leg.state.nv.us/Division/Research/Districts/Reapp/2011/


The Senate and Assembly committees on Legislative Operations and Elections are responsible for the reapportionment process. Their membership is as follows:

Senate:
• David R. Parks - Chair
• Moises (Mo) Denis - Vice Chair
• Steven A. Horsford
• Barbara K. Cegavske
• James A. Settelmeyer

Assembly:
• Tick Segerblom - Chair
• Lucy Flores - Vice Chair
• Marcus Conklin
• Skip Daly
• William Horne
• Marilyn Kirkpatrick
• John Oceguera
• James Ohrenschall
• Debbie Smith
• Pete Goicoechea
• Tom Grady
• Cresent Hardy
• Pat Hickey
• Richard McArthur
• Lynn Stewart

You can sign up to receive information on the reapportionment process at:
http://www.leg.state.nv.us/Session/76th2011/Reapportionment/SignUp.cfm

Please get involved in the reapportionment process however you can – the best way to insure that this is a fair process is to keep as much sunlight on the process as possible.

Thank you!
Jim DeGraffenreid
Nevada Republican Study Committee
 
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